Rachel Maddow Smears Trump Judicial Nominee As Racist With Dishonest Interpretation Of Legal Article

Once again, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is up to her stupid tricks.

This week, she smeared a judge Trump has nominated to the Second Circuit Court as a racist, based on a legal article he wrote years ago.

But as usual, Rachel got the story completely wrong.

From National Review:

Rachel Maddow’s Racial Smear of Second Circuit Nominee Steven Menashi

In a 2010 law-review article titled “Ethnonationalism and Liberal Democracy,” Second Circuit nominee Steven Menashi argues that “ethnonationalism remains a common and accepted feature of liberal democracy that is consistent with current state practice and international law.”

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Menashi’s specific purpose in the article is to refute claims that “Israel’s particularistic identity—its desire to serve as a homeland for the Jewish people—contradicts principles of universalism and equality upon which liberal democracy supposedly rests.”…

In a lengthy segment on MSNBC last night, Rachel Maddow grossly distorts Menashi’s argument and tries to twist it into “a high-brow argument for racial purity.” (Video at 9:00-9:36.) She falsely claims that Menashi argues “how definitely democracy can’t work unless the country is defined by a unifying race.” (Video at 6:57-7:10.)

But Menashi’s argument about national identity is clearly not about “racial purity” or a “unifying race.” Indeed, the fact that Israelis from Ethiopia are black makes it impossible to take seriously the claim that Menashi is making a case for “racial purity.” Menashi further states that it “is not even clear … that Israel’s national identity can even be described as ‘ethnic’” (in a narrow sense of that concept), as Israeli Jews come from “Argentina, Ethiopia, Germany, Morocco, Russia, and Yemen.”

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Townhall has more:

Rachel Maddow Accused of ‘Anti-Semitic Rant’ Against New Trump Nominee

With so much anti-Semitic rhetoric on the Democratic side of the aisle lately and among progressives in general, it’s hard to keep up, but this opinion from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow warranted a response. Maddow took aim at Steve Menashi, Trump’s newest nominee to the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a lengthy segment on her program Thursday night…

Yet, it was a law review article to which he contributed for the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law entitled “Ethnonationalism and Liberal Democracy” that gave Maddow pause about his nomination. In it, Menashi argued how a nation like Israel, dominated by one ethnicity, can be a successful democracy. Maddow interpreted the “blood curdling” document to mean the Jewish nominee was arguing that, “you can’t have a country that works if you’ve got all sorts of different people in it.”

It is “a high-brow argument for racial purity,” she maintained.

“It ends with a war cry,” Maddow explains, that suggests “democracy can’t work unless the county is defined by a unifying race.”

Here’s the video. Skip to the six minute mark:

Rachel Maddow owes this man an apology.


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